Art in Second Life 2021 (30) La Maison d’Aneli April 21

In April La Maison d’Aneli features two artists Xirana Oximoxi aka Nuria Vives and Violaine (Anadonne)

Violaine (anadonne) is in Second Life for 4 years now. Violaine is a RL photographer with many inspirations. She lists “human beings, films, shapes, trash, fashion, colours, black and white, minimalism, maximalism, commercials, graffiti and erotica – and many other things”. Her pictures at La Maison d’Aneli show this broad variety. The abstract pictures look like maps coloured in different tones of one colour. I other pictures you recognize parts of human bodies, other show people. Violaine’s pictures are displayed in groups of two or three pictures which belong together.
I saw Violaine (anadonne)’s art before at La Maisan d’Aneli, in November 2018 (read here) and in January 2020 (read here). The more I see of her art, the more familiar I get with her style and the more her pictures, in particluar those showing humans and part of humans, become intriguing.

Xirana Oximoxi aka Nuria Vives is a Catalan artist, children’s books writer and illustrator. She works with different mediums, oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink, charcoal and pastel. At La Maison d’Aneli she presents her exhibition “The secret of the Crystal Mountain”. The text and illustrations are from Nuria Vives, Aneli Abeyante and Nuria worked both an the setting into the 3D world of Second Life.

I would call “The secret of the Crystal Mountain” a walk-in children’s book. It tells the storry of a hippo family. You walk through several scenes (skyboxes) as you read and see the story. In the accompanying notecard the story is summarized in a few sentences along with direct landmarks to the scene. I recommend to just use the teleprots in the corner of each skybox (next scene).

“The secret of the Crystal Mountain” by Xirana Oximoxi and Aneli Abeyante (1)

Long ago, in a beautiful place in Africa, lived Isantim’s family. It was a family of hippos that spent all day inside the river to rest. It hadn’t rained for a long time and no one knew why. Isantim and his bravest children decided to organize an expedition to find out what was going on. They climbed the highest mountain in the country to talk to the clouds and ask them why it wasn’t raining.

They were about to reach the top when they realized they were walking on a layer of crystal and they saw that in the middle of the heart of the mountain, on a pedestal, was a golden metal cage. Inside there was a small bird. Little goblins that looked like fire surrounded him.

The hippos were going from surprise to surprise without understanding what was it all about. They saw a thin small cloud approaching. When he was closer, they took the opportunity to ask him thousands of questions. After discovering that the prisoner was the Rain Bird, the hippos set off to find an entry into the mountain.

The cave was like a labyrinth full of narrow tunnels. The hippos feared they would get lost in it and never being able to get out again. Luckily some bats that lived in the cave, after they heard that the hippos wanted to free the Bird, showed them the path that would lead them to the center of the mountain. But the bats warned them of the danger in which they will find themselves.

The hippos, who were not afraid, went on until they reached the entrance of the central gallery. Seeing them, the goblins, all at once, threw tongues of fire at them. The gallery looked like a flaming meteorite. Then, with the water they brought to cool off, the hippos all at once sprayed the goblins and left them well soaked and extinguished. Carefully, they took hold of the golden cage and came out of the mountain, guided by the bats.

“The secret of the Crystal Mountain” by Xirana Oximoxi and Aneli Abeyante (2)

After struggling a bit with the lock, they managed to open the door and to free the bird. He soared up in the sky making a cheerful whisper and a happy whistle. Soon they lost sight of him. After a while the hippos saw their cloud friend grow and swell like a cotton castle and then it started to rain.

It is not the first time that Xirana Oximoxi aka Nuria Vives is featured at La Maison d’Aneli. I saw her exhibtion “Women Artists XVI-XIX” there in February 2019 (see here) and her exhibtion “Lost Souls” in April 2020 (see here)
Xirana has her an own website and an own blog.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Xirana Oximoxi’s website
http://nuriavives.com/
Xirana Oximoxi’s blog
http://nuriavvives.wordpress.com/

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